Call for Applications: William and Isabel Pope NSCAD Painting Residency


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Call for Applications: William and Isabel Pope NSCAD Painting Residency in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Since 2011, the Robert Pope Foundation and NSCAD University (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) have jointly offered a 2 month long residency with studio and honorarium to an exceptional Canadian painter each year.


We invite emerging and mid-career painters to apply for this unique opportunity to work and exhibit in our dynamic art college environment.

Eligibility requirements
This residency is open to all Canadian painters who have completed an MFA or equivalent degree. MFA degree must have been completed prior to the residency’s start date.

2 months

Start Date
September 14, 2020

Application due date
January 24, 2020

The William and Isabel Pope Painting Residency provides:

  • A painting studio (roughly 400 sq. ft.) accessible 24/7 at NSCAD University’s Fountain Campus
  • An $8,000 honorarium from the Robert Pope Foundation toward accommodation and living costs
  • Up to $500 for travel expenses (with receipts)
  • A two week solo exhibition at NSCAD’s Anna Leonowens Gallery scheduled to coincide with the residency itself

The resident artist will be expected to do studio visits with current MFA students and to give two artist talks (one for students, and a public gallery talk during their exhibition). The resident artist may also be asked to host occasional studio visits from painting classes.

Please note that the studio is not wheelchair accessible.

Submission Contents

Please send the following items in a single file in PDF format.
Maximum size: 20MB

  1. Artist CV
  2. Artist Statement
    max. 400 words
  3. Project Proposal
    max. 400 words
  4. References
    Provide names and contact information for 2 professional references. Letters not required.
  5. 15 Images of painting work
    Images must also be formatted to fit into single PDF file
  6. Image list
    List title, year, medium, dimensions and short descriptions if necessary for each of your images
  7. Contact information
    Provide your name, phone number, email address and website address.

All submissions must be sent by email to
For all other inquiries related to the residency please contact

Past Recipient testimonials

2019 Joy Wong
“The William and Isabel Pope Residency in Painting has been an unprecedented experience. Along with the generous financial support and the undertaking of a solo exhibition at Anna Leonowens Gallery, I was able to work freely in a large and beautiful studio space. I am so grateful to have met such wonderful people through giving artist talks, engaging in thoughtful class discussions, and acting as a guest critic. Welcomed warmly by the faculty of the Painting Area, and the undergraduate and graduate student population, I felt right at home in the NSCAD community.”

2018 John Player
“I was incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity of working as the William and Isabel Pope artist in residence. The residency came at a crucial point in my development where I began a new body of work, leaving behind previous complacencies. The ample studio space and generous funding were amazing. But above all, the connections I made with the greater community of students and staff at NSCAD provided me with the most valuable environment in which to create. I had the chance to share my discourse in presentations, engage in studio visits, learn from peers and put together an exhibition, all the things an art maker needs to thrive.”

2017 Nam Nguyen
“The William and Isabel Pope residency was of immense help to my art practice. Aside from the great studio, and the generous honorarium that provided the time for focused work, the community at NSCAD University is full of engaged and dynamic students, teachers and technicians. Through the solo exhibition, and so many great conversations, I was able to find new insights into my work that will fuel my creative pursuits for years to come. It was a definite creative boost.”

2016 Erin Loree
“For the duration of the residency I was surrounded by incredibly creative students and faculty members, with whom I quickly developed close friendships. I participated in discussions as a guest critic, had the opportunity to speak about my own practice on a number of occasions and quickly became a part of the community at the University. I felt completely at home there.”

2015 Julie Trudel
“The William and Isabel Pope Residency at NSCAD was an incredible opportunity to develop a new series of painting on shaped Plexiglas panels. The use of a high-tech plastic lab and the help of the technician was invaluable. I received a lot of interesting feedback and felt I was part of the NSCAD community from the very beginning to the end.”